Eyewitness inside Bhutto's car: She was shot in the neck

The eyewitness in question being her chief political advisor, who’s not entirely objective but still more credible than the government version that has her cracking her head open on the handle to her sunroof. No wonder her party is calling for an international investigation.

“I saw her: she looked as though she ducked in when she heard the firing. We did not realise that she had been hit by a bullet.”

He had looked up to see Miss Bhutto sliding back through the aperture in the roof of the white Land Cruiser. Moments later, the car was rocked by a huge explosion…

Dr Abbassi leant forward to see what was wrong. At first glance, she appeared to have escaped injury. Then he noticed the blood. It was seeping from a deep wound on the left side of her neck…

Naheeb Khan, Dr Abbassi’s wife, cradled the injured woman’s head in her lap, reaching up for her own headscarf, pulling it from her head, pressing it into the wound, trying to stem the flow. But the wound was deep and the blood seeped out, spreading down her neck and across her blue tunic.

The official Pakistani government line is that Miss Bhutto caught her head on the sunroof’s catch as she ducked inside, fracturing her skull. “Absolute facts – nothing but facts,” it said of its account. But Dr Abbassi leaves little room for doubt. There was too much blood, he said, and a gaping wound in her neck. She had been shot.

This account also rules out the Sun’s sniper scenario, of course, unless Abbassi somehow forgot to mention the hail of rifle shots piercing her body inside the car.

The Times of London has a photo sequence of the killers caught on film. And yes, the plural apparently is warranted. Exit question: How did they know it was the guy in the shawl who blew himself up instead of the gun?

Update: “Democracy,” Bhutto style — appointing a 19-year-old kid head of the party because he’s got the right last name.